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MassTrails: Applications due February 1 for Bike and Pedestrian Trail Projects Competitive Funding

The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative is supporting MassDOT in reminding the public that February 1, 2019 is the application deadline for funding from the Baker-Polito Administration’s MassTrails Program, a competitive funding program which will allow municipal and public entities to expand and connect networks of off-road, shared-use pathways and recreational trails in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Fannie Mae Calls for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing as part of $10 million Innovation Challenge

Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.

This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life. Continue reading

Age-Friendly News Clips – January 25-31

Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles from local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.

Check out the following articles from late January on the momentum of this movement building across the state.


Age-Friendly Identified by Boston Globe as a Trend to Watch in 2018

As many publications do, the Boston Globe interviewed experts who could reveal some insight on what 2018 might bring for the business community regionally and nationally.

Alongside healthcare, technology and real estate predictions, the Globe story singled out the Age-Friendly Communities movement as a major trend to keep an eye on. The article makes note of how cities and towns from all across the state are taking part in the movement that focuses on improving quality of life and community livability for not only older adults, but people of all ages. Continue reading

National Poll on Healthy Aging Releases Report on Dementia Caregivers

With support from AARP, the University of Michigan launched the National Poll on Healthy Aging to help inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and senior advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting Americans 50 years of age and older.

The project began in the Spring of 2017 and started issuing reports monthly on specific issues to highlight survey results, which are gathered multiple times throughout the year.

The latest of those reports focuses on Dementia caregivers and breaks down data on who caregivers are and their views on stress, whether their tasks are rewarding, and the health implications.

Here are some samples of the findings:

  • Nearly all of those surveyed (91%) felt that being a caregiver has made them think about their own potential needs for caregiving in the future.
  • One in four caregivers (27%) reported delaying or not doing things they should do for their health.
  • Overall, 27% of caregivers had used caregiving resources in the past year such as self-help resources, family therapy, classes or trainings, support groups, and/or respite care; 41% of those who had not used any caregiving resources indicated an interest in using them.

Join us for Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House, Sept. 19

The Massachusetts Falls Prevention Coalition is hosting the annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day at the State House on September 19th with resources, live demonstrations and speakers sharing prevention methods and best practices.

The program will kick off at 10:00 am at the Grand Staircase and Great Hall of the State House. This is the 11th year the event is taking place and is especially timely with a recent release of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention citing an increase in deaths resulting from unintentional falls for adults 65 and older by almost 5% per year. Continue reading

BBJ Viewpoint: New Approaches Needed to Address Workforce Challenges

An aging population means an aging workforce, but an Op-Ed in the Boston Business Journal explains how this is not so much a challenge as it is an economic benefit as well as a chance to reverse ageist attitudes.

Lydia Greene, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Tufts Health Plan, responded to an article from August 10th in the BBJ titled “Gray matters: An aging workforce has Mass. companies scrambling to deal with ‘silver tsunami’.” Greene begins by addressing the fact that an aging population and workforce is “an opportunity, not a natural disaster.”

Greene then points out the business case for older workers and a call for Massachusetts to lead the way for taking advantage of the positives that older workers bring.

“As a region, we are known for ingenuity and resourcefulness,” Greene writes. “Let’s lead the way in establishing age-friendly business practices to help us meet the needs of all generations.”